December 18, 2012 13:07

One Direction songwriters: 'We wanted to make it very vanilla'

Team behind the band say they didn't want to be 'cool' or 'hip'

One Direction songwriters: 'We wanted to make it very vanilla'

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Boyband One Direction's songwriters have said they deliberately tried to make their music "vanilla" instead of focusing on what was "cool" or "hip".

Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub and Savan Kotecha are the trio of songwriters behind the boyband's hits 'What Makes You Beautiful', 'One Thing' and 'Live While We're Young' who first made a name for themselves writing for Westlife.

In an interview with Billboard, Kotecha says: " It felt like everyone tried to do boy bands by going to the cool, hip producers who were coming up… We wanted to make it very vanilla. You're aiming for teens and tweens with boy-band guilty pleasure music. We weren't trying to be urban or rhythmic, and they happened to share the same vision."

Earlier this month (December 10) it was announced that One Direction will release a cover of Blondie's 1978 single 'One Way Or Another' for Comic Relief.

The boyband, who finished third on the 2010 series of The X Factor, will record the official song for the 2013 charity campaign and will perform the song live on the BBC's Red Nose Day coverage on Friday, March 31.

One Direction recently made US chart history after their second album, 'Take Me Home', went to Number One in the US Billboard Top 200 chart, making them the first British group to have both their debut album and its follow-up go straight to the top of the US charts.

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